France and Romania continue Roma talks

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French and Romanian officials have met in Paris for talks over France’s treatment of its Roma community.

France has expelled hundreds of Roma and shut down illegal camps as part of a crackdown on crime.

But ministers dismissed suggestions of strained relations between the two countries.

“There is no tension between France and Romania. We’ll carry on using EU funds to assist the Roma to integrate. We will probably also take some measures of positive discrimination measures to help the Roma people,” said Valentin Mocanu, Secretary of State for the Integration of Roma.

“We will use more resources but each party has to take responsibility. France is not in the business of welcoming the entire Roma minority from Romania, Bulgaria or elsewhere,” said French Deputy Minister for European Affairs Pierre Lellouche.

France is offering each Roma adult 300 euros to leave the country.

Critics say the policy is a ploy designed to divert public attention from plans to raise the retirement age and cut public spending.

French and Romanian officials will continue their meetings later today.